Susan Elizabeth Rice is an American diplomat and policy advisor serving as the Director of the United States Domestic Policy Council.
She has also served as the 27th U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and the 23rd U.S. National Security Advisor.
Rice was born in Washington, D.C., and attended Stanford University and New College, Oxford, where she received a DPhil (PhD).
Rice was born to Lois Rice and Emmett J. Rice in Washington, D.C. Her maternal grandparents were Jamaican immigrants, and her paternal grandparents were the descendants of enslaved Africans.
Her parents divorced when Rice was ten years old, and her mother later married Alfred Bradley Fitt. Rice was taught to “never use race as an excuse or advantage” and dreamed of becoming the first U.S. senator from the District of Columbia.
Rice attended National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. where she was a three-letter varsity athlete, student government president, and valedictorian. She then attended Stanford University on a National Merit Scholarship and a Truman Scholarship, graduating with a BA with honors in history.
Rice attended New College, Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in International Relations.
Rice served as a foreign policy aide to Michael Dukakis during his campaign in the 1988 presidential election.
She was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company from 1990 to early 1992, working in the company’s Toronto office. Rice served on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1993 to 1997 and was the assistant secretary of state for African affairs at the State Department from 1997 to 2001.
At age 32, Rice was the youngest person to have served as a regional assistant secretary of state.
Her tenure saw significant changes in U.S.–Africa policy, including the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, support for democratic transitions in South Africa and Nigeria, and an increased U.S. focus on fighting HIV/AIDS.
After serving as a foreign policy advisor to Democratic presidential nominees, Rice was nominated as Ambassador to the United Nations by President Barack Obama.
During her tenure, Rice championed a human rights and anti-poverty agenda, elevated climate change and LGBT and women’s rights as global priorities, and committed the U.S. to various agreements.
She also defended Israel at the Security Council, pushed for tough sanctions against Iran and North Korea, and advocated for U.S. and NATO intervention in Libya in 2011.
In 2013, Rice was appointed as the 23rd U.S. National Security Advisor, where she supported U.S. efforts on various issues.
In 2021, Rice became the director of the Domestic Policy Council in the Biden administration.
Susan Rice Husband: Meet Ian O. Cameron
Susan Rice is married to Ian O. Cameron
Ian O. Cameron is a successful executive producer at ABC News and is well-known for being the husband of American public official and diplomat, Susan Rice.
Ian and Susan have been married since 1992 and have two children.
Ian was born on June 11, 1961, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Stanford University in 1983 and his Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1987.
After starting his career as a management consultant in Toronto, Ian went on to work as a TV producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
He later became a producer at ABC News in 1998 and was promoted to executive producer in 2008.
He has worked on several shows for ABC, including This Week and World News Tonight with David Muir. In 2018, he became the executive producer of This Week With George Stephanopoulos.